ONC director: “rural HIT is a priority for HHS”

In a blog posted by David Blumenthal, M.D.,¬†on Tuesday, he stated that rural HIT is a priority for HHS. Blumenthal cited his visit to NRHA’s rural policy institute as a key source of learning about our unique challenges: capital financing, workforce and broadband connectivity. NRHA will continue its vigilance in ensuring against a rural-urban digital divide, however, we welcome ONC’s commitment to this issue.

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About Brock Slabach

Brock joined the NRHA in 2008. He has administrative responsibility for all areas of member services, including membership, communications and meetings/exhibitions. He also coordinates the Healthcare Quality Technical Assistance center. He is a hospital administrator with more than 21 years in a rural hospital. He has been on the Board of the National Rural Health Association, the Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association (and served on many regional and state boards involving rural health.) Brock earned a master of public health degree in health administration from the University of Oklahoma and a B.S. degree in biology from Oklahoma Baptist University. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.